Hem whistles and says “cheese”

My big little boy is getting so old! Today he mastered whistling and saying the word cheese! Don’t mind the bean soup all over his face…

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Charlie @ 27 Months

I haven’t done an update for poor Charlie in AGES! Not to mention, I literally had to count months to remember just how many months she actually is now. Oy. Where is my brain? Where has the time gone?

Anyway, over the past couple months, Charlie has really grown up. And not just compared to Henry… she’s losing so much of her baby and becoming this talking, opinionated little lady.

Size: I can’t remember how tall C was at her 2 year check up, but she’s literally so tall that she can wash her hands in the kitchen sink by herself by standing on the little stool. (YES! No more awkward lifting!) As for weight, at 2 years, she was 27 lbs.

Clothing/Shoes/Diapers: Charlotte is wearing 24 month / 2T clothes. I still don’t totally know the difference, but she’s solidly in those sizes. She does still wear some 18 month pants and PJs, but probably more so because I haven’t cleared them out of her drawer. Also, she has one button-down, sleeveless denim tank that’s 12-months that she still wears. I refuse to let it go. It just looks SO perfect underneath a sweater… or a shirt… or anything.

As for shoes, she’s wearing a 6 now. She still has some 5.5 or big 5’s that work. But 6 is definitely her size. Also, it’s official that she cannot wear the brand, Umi. Girlfriend has wide/chubby feet.

Charlotte is in Size 5 diapers. Yes, she’s still in diapers. To be honest, I really haven’t tried to potty train her even a little.

Potty Training: We talk about the potty, read books, let her sit (and read excessive amounts of magazines) on it, etc… but haven’t actually started training. With the arrival of Henry, it just seemed like too much to tackle until recently. We have a meeting set up with C’s teachers at school to talk and strategize. I think we’ll start soon. But diapers are so easy.

Honestly though, I think she’s ready. Or at least getting there. She tells me before she poops and sometimes lately even when she’s peeing (or about to).

I should probably get all up to date on laundry in preparation for the daily sheet washing that’s in my future.

Teeth: Charlotte has never really been affected by teething. I don’t know when she got her 2-year molars, but I know they’re there, as I saw them while she was laughing a few months ago.

Sleep: Like her daddy, Charlotte is an amazing sleeper. She started regularly sleeping through the night at 5 months and never turned back. She sleeps from around 6:30-8pm (depending on how much playing she does in bed) until around 7-830am.

When C wakes up, she will stay in bed playing or laying or chatting or singing until we come in to get her. She’s very obedient like that. Sometimes, (just like her daddy) she’ll get bored of playing in bed and will just go back to sleep.

As for naps, C naps for about 2-3 hours every day.What can I say? The girl loves her sleep.

It should also be noted, that she often will say to us, “I’m sleepy” or “I’m tired” and will request an early nap or early bedtime.

Bedtime Routine: We begin bedtime routine at 6:30pm. We change her into her night diaper and jammies, then heat up a bottle of milk (it has a sippy top). Charlie insists on putting the “top on ma milk.” Then, we take the milk to C’s room for stories. C will drink her milk on the way to her room, hand us the bottle as she climbs in, remove her bunny/blanket/teddy/pillow from the bed – for some reason, they’re not invited to story time, and then take her milk back.

Typically Henry is asleep at this point, so Mark and I both get to read with her. If Henry is still in the process of his nighttime routine, Mark does this part alone.

We read two stories and then it’s time to brush teeth.

Brushing teeth is a pain in the ass, but we give C her toothbrush and we have one that we use to brush her teeth (this preserves the bristles… she chomps on “her toothbrush”). Mommy or Daddy brushes her teeth first through a series of “Ahhhhh’s” and “Eeeeeee’s” and then C gets to brush aka chew on her toothbrush. When she’s done, she rinses and sucks the water off the brushes.

If it’s a bathnight, we blowdry her hair, as her skin is so sensitive that the dampness makes her break out on her neck. She always needs to take a turn drying her hair.

Then it’s the best time of night. C looks at Mark and I and says, “Wanna snuckle?” AKA “Wanna snuggle?”

9/10 nights, Mark and I are both with Charlie for snuggle time. I climb on the right side, Mark on the left, and Charlie alternates climbing/sitting on each of us and sometimes lying down in the middle.

We play games: I interlock my hands/fingers and Charlie tries to get my hands open. She interlocks her hands/fingers and Teddy tries to get her hands open… etc.

We talk about our day – what she did with Nana, what she did at school. We talk about what’s coming up tomorrow. We laugh. It’s perfect.

Then, the best part, is the singing. Charlie loves to sing songs with Mommy & Daddy. We sing Twinkle, Twinkle; If You’re Happy & You Know it; the ABC’s (she’s actually pretty good!); and recently The Wheels on the Bus. Her little voice… it’s just adorable.

Then, we count! Charlie can legit count from 1-14ish. We’ve been working on 15-20.

After singing and counting, it’s time for Charlie to lay down so we can tuck her in. She politely says, “‘scuse me, Daddy,” which has been adjusted from, “Daddy, move.” So Mark and I get off the bed, I crank her music box and do 1-2-3 with her blanket. I swing the blanket once over Charlie & Daddy’s head, then twice, and on “3,” I nicely tuck Charlie and Teddy under the blanket. We get our last hugs and kisses and say goodnight to our girly.

It’s the best.

Language: I couldn’t even count how many words Charlotte has. Every day I’m surprised at the new words in her vocabulary and the ways in which she uses them. She absolutely amazes me.

My moments of, “I’m so sorry, but I don’t know what you’re saying” are becoming less and less.

She also seems to be entering a “why” phase. Ohhh the why phase. So far, she seems to cap out at 2 “why’s” per topic, which isn’t bad.

We’ve also been working on asking nicely for things (saying please) and asking using a full sentence.

Next step: always respond when an adult (you know) asks you a question.

Personality: Charlotte is all personality. She’s this unique blend of timid and observant with a big side of adventure, humor, and leadership. The first 5-10 minutes of soccer, which she does every week, are spent clinging to mommy/daddy and being so quiet. Once she feels comfortable, she’s a crazy person running all over the place, being goofy, and hopping around.

She seems to be a leader with her school friends and is no bullshit. If she doesn’t like what you’re doing, she’ll tell you. She’s for sure going to boss poor Henry around. No doubt about it.

I like to describe her as a sour patch kid. She’ll do something crazy and then a minute later, comes at you with open arms, apologizing.

All in all, she’s pretty fricken’ amazing.

Activities: Charlie is currently in swim class on Wednesday’s at the YMCA, Gymnastics on Saturday mornings and Soccer on Sunday mornings. She seems to absolutely love them.

Favorite Foods: I have literally heard Charlotte say, “I want apple sauce” over the monitor, randomly at 2 am. Then, she’ll go back to sleep. The girl LOVES the stuff. Just plain, organic, no-sugar added applesauce.

Cinnamon. She eats SO MUCH and doesn’t mix it in. It’s enough that I would guess probably tastes spicy.

Expensive fruit. Berries, mango, etc.

Ketchup. She dips everything in ketchup (eggs, chicken/any meat, etc).

Yogurt/Cottage cheese

Favorite Toys: Charlotte’s “inner circle” consists of her teddy, bunny and blanket. Besides her “crew,” she loves her baby and stroller. Her play kitchen/food. Her picnic set. Coloring and play dough.

She’s decently easy to please on the toy front.

Favorite Things: Charlotte LOVES helping. Helping to clean or cook, take the garbage out, pick up dog poop, etc. And she LOVES helping with Henry.

She loves Henry, too. She calls him, “my Henry” and literally just loves the shit out of him. Obviously, sometimes she wants us to put him down and ignore him, but I think she really just deeply loves the little guy.

Charlotte loves to play outside. Whether it’s a ride in the wagon or her Cozy Coupe or a nature walk with Nana, she loves being outside.

Trucks. C loves seeing trucks while we’re driving. However, she happens to be terrified of the garbage truck that picks up the trash at her school. Imagine that!

21 Months of Lovely

Somehow I never got around to posting C’s 20 month update and now she’s 21 months old! I cannot believe our baby is now considered, “almost 2.” When did that happen? Once they turn 2, do you officially stop counting months and they just become “2”???? Oy.

The past two months have been filled with increased skills and SO MUCH PERSONALITY. Charlotte is most definitely her own person and has such character. She absolutely LOVES to laugh. She’s sweet and loving, but also spirited and goofy. She adores babies. That feels understated. She has a severe obsession with babies (can’t wait to see how that translates when new baby moves in for good). She really enjoys coloring… especially with markers.

Being outside and everything nature just tickles the girl. She literally screams with glee when she sees a bird. She loves to take walks (she walks and holds our hand).She gets a huge kick out of carrying or pushing things that are bigger than her.


She LOVES music. She loves to sing and dance and play (piano, harmonica… with her nose, etc), and listen.

New Words: Charlotte’s vocabulary continues to grow and she now strings together 2- and 3-word sentences. I’m constantly surprised. Here’s a list of what I can remember; although, I’m sure I’m missing many.

  • Mama, Mommy, Mom
  • Daddy, Dada
  • Nana or NANNY!
  • Daby, Taby (Toby)
  • Itty (Oliver the Kitty)
  • Peees (Please)
  • Teeee (Tree)
  • Birdije (Bird – she loves to point out the birds)
  • Cheeesss (Cheese)
  • Ide (Outside)
  • MORRRRRR (More – this is C’s most common word)
  • I wan da moooorr (I want more – this is C’s most common phrase)
  • Baby, Bebe
  • Baa (sheep)
  • Die/Tie (Bye)
  • Wan (want)
  • Shhh – lotion
  • Liii – Lights
  • No
  • Yah (Yes)
  • Eyeeee (Eye/sunglasses/sun – a word with many meanings)
  • Head
  • Ball Ball (Ball)
  • Ba Ba (Bowl)
  • Spp (Spoon)
  • Me (Me/Charlotte)
  • Mia (Milk)
  • Chee (Cherrios)
  • Hat
  • Teddy (her teddy bear)
  • Ba (Balloon)
  • Haaa (Hug)
  • Hiii!
  • I’m sure there are more new ones, but I’m blanking.

New Tricks:

  • She sings songs on her own
  • She can put her pants and certain shirts/vests and mommy’s embarrassing undies on by herself
  • She’s a zipper master
  • She buckles the carseat on her own
  • She can climb into the car on her own
  • She’s a master swimmer (the girl blows bubbles and kicks and scoops)
  • She did a flip on the bar in gymnastics (assisted of course, but she held onto the bar the whole time)
  • She can open and close just about every door and cabinet in the house
  • She knows even more songs and nursery rhymes (thank you, Nana and Pandora!)
  • She can climb up steps unassisted
  • She loves to cut things… give the girl a knife (butter of course) and she’ll cut for days
  • She has a serious passion for frozen berries and will literally drink every last bit of the juice.
  • She helps check out at the grocery store
  • She can put her sunglasses on herself
  • She can put her hat on by herself 
  • She LOVES playdough
  • She’s mastered the sassy, “no” face
  • She STILL LOVES to carry items that are entirely too big for her to carry (little person chairs, push toys, her baby stroller, etc)
  • She’s working hard on patience! We’re making progress 🙂
  • Aint nobody better get in the way of her and a baby
  • She gives the sweetest hugs and kisses
  • She loves to twirl and dance
  • She can climb onto the couch by herself
  • She loves the outdoors
  • She’s mastered the, “I wan da mooorr” phrase/look
  • She’s actually making great progress in the quality of her teeth brushing
  • She loves balloons
  • She can jump
  • She loves the piano
  • Charlotte is really well behaved. I mean, don’t get me wrong… she definitely has her toddler moments, but she’s a really great kid. She does a lot of testing, but is generally responsive to our feedback and/or discipline. She’s so easy going and SUCH a joy to be around. She brings happiness and light and love and laughter into every day.

Favorites

Book: Corduroy (the girl loves anything teddy)

Toy: Still Teddy & Baby (both of her babies)… and probably her stroller.

Food: Berries, Cheese… hmm. Milk? She’s definitely gotten way better with food, but these are her faves.

Size

Clothes: In the process of transitioning to 24 months / 2T – they’re definitely a bit big, but her 18 month stuff is getting small

Diapers: 5

Shoes: Moving onto Size 5

Daily Schedule: Ugh! Lately her schedule has been totally off. I feel like she’s been going through a developmental growth spurt, but who knows. She literally gets in bed around 7 and for the past couple weeks, will stay up playing in her crib until 9 or later! It’s so frustrating.

  • 7/7:30: Depending on when she goes to sleep (although today she slept until 9:50 a)
  • 8/830: Breakfast
  • 10: On non-school days, Charlotte has some milk and “quiet time” with Nana, then a snack. On school days, snack time.
  • 12: Lunch
  • 1/2: Depending on her mood, Charlotte’s afternoon nap falls somewhere between 1 and 145. She will typically sleep anywhere between 2-3.5 hours. Usually it’s around 2.5..
  • 5/530: Dinner, Bath (on bath days – she bathes every other day and on swim days)
  • 7: Charlotte goes to bed most often around 7/730 (lately, she falls asleep anywhere between 830 and 10)… oy.

Schedule: Charlotte goes to school from 9-12:30 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays (on these days, she eats a snack and lunch at school and does not nap in the morning). Charlie is with Nana (at our house) on Monday morning, Wednesday all day, Thursday afternoon and Friday afternoon.

Our Little One is 19 Months!

 2/16/16

 This past month has absolutely flown by, but in terms of our little girl, has also been one of the best. She’s really coming into her own and developing this contagious, happy, silly and fun personality.

Every day (literally), either Mark or I (or both) will come into the room just to tell the other how amazing our little girl is. She’s constantly laughing or exploring with her little perma-smile. Now, don’t get me wrong… she’s still got her sour sass, but her sweet is just so incredibly sweet.

She plays this game where all of a sudden she’ll “target” me and start running towards me for a tackle hug. <MELT> And she gives the best hugs and the best kisses. She just loves.

She’s a total talker now. Even when she doesn’t have the words, she’s babbling non-stop.

Her obsession over babies (real or dolls) has hit an all-time high that has me so deeply excited for our little guy to arrive. She’s even stopped throwing baby as much (baby steps, right?). She sits quietly for long stretches just feeding her baby and rocking her and reading to her. She does the same with her teddy bear. It’s absolutely heart warming to watch. 

   
Our car rides have become pretty silly. We have a lot of dance parties. A lot. Charlotte loves music. She loves a good acoustic song, but you should see her head pop up and her body and arms bounce when a rap song comes on. Oy. Maybe they have Kidz Bop – Rap Edition.

New Words: Honestly, I feel like she surprises me every day and I constantly forget words I’ve heard until she says them…

  • Nana – any time the dog barks, she whips her head to look at the door and says, “Nana?”
  • She’s currently working on Toby. I can’t even remember what she says… maybe Bobo or something like that. She’s been working on that one for a couple days now.
  • Bir – Bird (she loves to point out the birds)
  • Neiggghhh (Yes, what the horse says. It’s kind of a word… might even count as a foreign language)
  • Moooo (cow’s language)
  • Baaaa (sheep)
  • Boo – I’m not 100%, but I feel like she’s saying blue.
  • She can point out hearts! She can’t say heart, but she knows the shape!
  • Shhh – lotion
  • Liii – Lights
  • I’m sure there are more new ones, but I’m blanking.

New Tricks:

  • She “counts” items in books… she uses her little pointer finger to “count out” the items
  • She counts with her fingers and noises that sound like 1 -2 – 3
  • She can do the hand motions and dances for SO many nursery rhymes
  • She can climb up and down steps (assisted)    
  • She loves to talk on the phone
  • She peels her own banana and orange  
  • She literally LOVES to carry items that are entirely too big for her to carry (little person chairs, push toys, her baby stroller, etc)      
  • She loves to twirl and dance  
  • She can climb onto the couch by herself
  • She recognizes songs even if they are new versions – this sounds like a weird one, but my point is that she actually listens to the lyrics of songs. In fact, even if it’s a new song she’s never heard, she will pick out words and do a corresponding hand motion or action. IE: Stomp your feet, clap your hands, face (she will point to her face), up and down (she will lift and lower her arms), etc.
  • SHE STOPPED USING HER PACI!!
  • She still totally loves to clean up. In fact, she helps put her toys away without throwing a tantrum. She seems to enjoy being helpful (YESS!!!!).
  • She’s become very responsive to us disciplining through choice, “Would you rather leave that toy on the bench or on the chair? If you don’t decide, momma will choose for you.” – We used to have to take the toy to put it down, but she’s become very responsive and will just put it down herself.

Favorites

Book: Where the Wild Things Are (this makes me so happy because I just love this book)

Toy: Teddy & Baby… and probably her stroller.

Food: Fruit. Lately, bananas. But she loves fruit. And we’ve had a lot of luck with Almond butter and no-sugar, fresh jam.

Size

Clothes: Still 18 months, although the pants are decently short in many brands

Diapers: 4 (I think she’s on her way out of size 4. She keeps leaking through her night diaper.)

Shoes: Oy. I don’t know. She’s wearing a 4.5, but hubs measured her with a print out from Stride Rite last night that said she’s a 6. That just makes no sense to me because she clomps around like she’s in clown shoes in a size 5.

Daily Schedule:

  • 7/8:30: Depending on when she goes to sleep and what her plans for the day are, she wakes up between 7 and 8:30
  • 8/830: Breakfast
  • 10: On non-school days, Charlotte takes a morning rest; although, she has not been napping lately. We are debating getting rid of this.
  • 12: Lunch
  • 1/2: Depending on her mood, Charlotte’s afternoon nap falls somewhere between 1 and 2/230. She will typically sleep anywhere between 2-3.5 hours. Usually it’s around 2.5..
  • 6: Dinner, Bath (on bath days – she bathes every other day and on swim days)
  • 7/8: Charlotte goes to bed most often around 7:30/7:45ish

School Schedule: Charlotte goes to school from 9-12:30 on Thursdays and Fridays (on these days, she eats a snack and lunch at school and does not nap)

 

 

 

Happy 15 Months!

Wow does time just whiz on by. I can’t believe our tiny litle love is already 15 giant months old. The past month has been pretty huge in terms of development.

  • Miss thang walks when she wants to! Charlotte is now officially a walker. Now, don’t be confused, that does not mean that she is walking full-time, but it does mean that the tops and bottoms of her feet have equal opportunity to be coated with dirt by the end of the day (YES! My hard wood floors need a deep clean.)      
  • Miss Chatty Pants has many words: this “dis”, that “dat”, Maaaam – a – mom mom mom, DAAAAAD, BAMPA (or something like that… which translates to grandpa), doutdide (Outside), Nana, Yah (yes)
  • Little one has many tricks:
    • What does the puppy/dog/Toby say? “WOOF” which sounds a little bit like “Oooof”
    • What does the kitty/Ollie say: “Meeeeeeow”
    • What does the elephant say: “EEeeee” (any little noise) as she throws her arm (aka her trunk) in the air
    • What does the monkey say? “Ooo Ooooo Ooo” as she puts her little hands to her armpits
    • She can sign: more, water, milk, eat, help, thank you, hello/goodbye
    • She blows kisses, smooches on command and hugs on command
    • She fetches!! “Charlotte, can you pick that up for mommy and bring it back to mommy?” SO helpful!
    • My favorite is anytime I end a sentence/question with “Right?” Charlotte shakes her head dramatically to say, “YUP!” For example, “Charlie, Mommy is your favorite person in the world, right?” It’s such a sharp head nod. I need to remember to take a video.
    • She can climb up stairs/ledges/anything she can reach and knows to climb down by turning around and reaching one little foot back, then the other.
    • She high fives.
    • She polices herself. When Charlotte touches something she isn’t supposed to touch or does something she isn’t supposed to do, she simultaneously shakes her head “no” to let you know she’s doing something wrong.
    • “Ear muffs!” She doesn’t quite get it, but randomly or when she hears a noise, she’ll do ear “muff”… Singular… Only one muff.   
    • That’s all that I can remember for now…
  • Her schedule has been pretty regular, although I think I’m going to adjust it a bit in the coming days.
    •  Current:
      • 7ish wake up
      • 9:45/10 “rest time” for one hour, unless she falls asleep and then we let her sleep an hour from whenever she falls asleep
      • 12 lunch
      • 2-4/5 naptime
      • 7 bedtime
    • New that I’m going to try:
      • 7ish wake up
      • 9:45/10 “rest time” for 30 minutes
      • 11:45 lunch
      • 1-4 naptime
      • 630/7 bedtime
  • Favorite foods: FRUIT (berries… she can literally eat a pint in a sitting with no problem, grapes, peaches, mmm fruit for days), bread, pasta, tomatoes, veggie shakes, applesauce  
  • Favorite toys:
    • The Fischer Price TV Radio… omg how I wish this thing played more than just the Farmer-in-the-Dell. This damn thing is nonstop singing. She loves it.
      tv radio
    •  Her Sugar Bowl from the Play Circle Dishes Wishes Dinnerwear. I swear, she is contantly carrying this little toy around. Open. Close. Open. Close. So goofy. Out of all the toys out there…  
    • The Cozy Coupe – if she could play in this all day, every day, she’d be happy forever.  
  • Other “passions”: destroying the house, emptying out the cupboards, trying to type on mommy’s computer, trying to turn off mommy’s computer, shutting the refridgerator, shutting any and all doors/cabinets, going outside, throwing food, pulling the cat’s tail, petting/harrassing the dog, reaching things she shouldn’t be touching, using the car key remote, pushing anything and everything around the house, emptying containers and filling them back up, putting her hands in the pets’ bowls, knee walking, laughing, causing trouble, being my sweet little babes.